Midhurst: Walks in the Old Town
In 1995 The Midhurst Society published this booklet of walks by Frances Johnson-Davies "as a service to the town" of Midhurst. Illustrations by Max Wholley with Norman Crockford and other local artists. It provides a guide to The North Walk, The South Walk, and Walks for the Disabled. Along the way, Ms Jonson-Davies shares her love and knowledge of the buildings mentioned.
John Magilton (Director - Southern Archaeology) provides the introduction, explaining that although the narrow lanes and ancient timber-framed buildings must appear chaotic in terms of a town plan, each phase of expansion was in reality planned and logical.
He suggests that Midhurst seems to have been established when the castle on St Ann's Hill was built, perhaps not long after the Norman Conquest. The focus of the early walled town was a very large rectangular market place with a church in the middle. The west side of Church Street and the east side of Sheep Lane represent the original areas of the settlement.
Sadly, the guide is now out of print, but watch out for extracts in The Midhurst Magazine.